Gordon Dale Cooper Obituary – Florida Times-Union

Lt. Col. Gordon Dale Cooper (U.S. Army, Retired) of Houston, TX died Saturday, July 16, 2022.

He was born on October 16, 1934 in Parkersburg, WV to Lewis Raymond Cooper and Martha (Tefft) Cooper who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife Jean (Sallaz) who was born in Ripley, WV. They were married for 63 years. They have two daughters, Sharon Louise Slother of Philipsburg, PA and Susan Elise Bryant of Houston, TX. He is also survived by four grandsons and a great-granddaughter.

He graduated from West Virginia University in 1956 with a BS in industrial management. He entered the U.S. Army in 1957 as a second lieutenant and graduated from flight training in 1958. By his retirement in 1977, he had accumulated over 3,700 hours of fixed and rotary wing flight and earned the qualification of Master Army Aviator. Military decorations include Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with V and 28 OLC. During two years in Vietnam, he completed more than 1000 combat flying hours in fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Other military tours included Alaska, Italy, and numerous postings in the United States.

In 1977 he affiliated with McDonald’s Corporation and obtained a franchise in 1979 in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania which he operated until 1992. He and his wife moved to Gulf Breeze, Fl in 1994, to Jacksonville, Fl in 2006, and in Houston, TX in 2019.

No commemorative ceremony is planned. Arrangements are underway for burial at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

~ Written by your caring husband.

Posted July 22, 2022

Published in Florida Times Union

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